Oklahoma City University News
Pritchett to Perform Horn Works from Rossini to Schickele
Professor Kate Pritchett career and upcoming faculty recital are the subject of a feature story by Rick Rogers in Jan. 11 editions of The Sunday Oklahoman.
Her Jan. 14 program at Oklahoma City University spans three centuries and features works by Rossini, Messiaen, Eccles, Britten, Reinecke and Schickele. Pritchett will be assisted by Bass School of Music colleagues Claudia Carroll, Jeffrey Picon and Jan McDaniel. The 8 p.m. event in Petree Recital Hall is free and open to the public.
"One of my teachers described a good recital as being like a good menu; there should be a good entree and contrasting works that complement it,” Pritchett told Rogers. "Britten’s ‘Canticle III’ is very dark, and Schickele’s ‘What Did You Do Today at Jeffey’s House?’ is a very silly piece. It’s also nice to play a Baroque piece (Eccles’ Sonata No. 11 in G minor) that’s not written in the stratosphere. I like to refer to this program as the sublime to the absurd.”
Pritchett encourages her students to take play in chamber ensembles, noting that the horn is an important part of brass and woodwind quintets. That affords them more performance opportunities, essentially doubling their repertoire.
"I joke around with my brass colleagues that while we don’t have anywhere near the repertoire that string players have, we do have four horn concertos by Mozart and two by Richard Strauss,” Pritchett said. "Then there are composers like Malcolm Arnold, Jan Koetsier and Paul Hindemith who have contributed so much to our repertoire. We’re pretty lucky in that respect.”
Pritchett credits horn virtuosos Dennis Brain and Barry Tuckwell with making the public aware of the horn's potential as a solo instrument.
"Brain and Tuckwell made everything they played seem so effortless,” Pritchett said. "That’s quite an inspiration. On those occasions when I get to play Brahms, Strauss, Beethoven or some other incredible music, as I heard one person say, it’s like we get to go to work and get goosebumps.”
In addition to teaching at Oklahoma City University, Pritchett has played with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and orchestras in Richardson, Garland and San Angelo, Texas. She also performs with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Lawton Philharmonic.